William Ruto has been declared the fifth president of Kenya following the general elections that was conducted on Tuesday August 9.
IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati announced that Ruto won elections after garnering 7.1 million votes which represented 50.49%. His closest competitor Raila Odinga secured 6.9 million votes representing 48.85%.
“In accordance with the constitution and the law, I Wafula Chebukati, the chairman of IEBC, hereby declare that Ruto William Samoei has been duly elected as the president of the Republic of Kenya,” Chebukati announced.
Speaking after being handed the winner’s certificate at the Bomas of Kenya, Ruto said that it is by prayers that he scooped victory and not by his efforts and that of his team.
“I know that there were predictions that I wouldn’t be on the ballot, there were predictions that we wouldn’t get here. I want to, in a very special way, to say that without God we would not have been here. My gratitude also goes to the people of Kenya. The millions who listened to us, campaigned with us peacefully and voted for us,” the president elect said.
“Let me at this time thank our partners, the religious leaders who were part of this process right from the beginning. For the first time, the religious leaders spent time at this tallying center and prayed for this process.
“I want to thank my team, starting with my wife and family and many prayer warriors in Kenya. I want to confess that I have been prayed into victory. It is not our effort and my team knows. We working against many odds and I must confess that it is God” Ruto added.
He further said that he will work with the opposition to the extent that they provide an oversight role in his government and that there will be no room for vengeance.